Lately, it seems like all a producer needs for a solid track is one really good idea, coupled with a small handful of complimentary sounds. For “Ice Job,” by San Francisco producer Roche, that one good idea is a ghostly descending melody looped ad infinitum, paired with some subtle bass tones undulating underneath it and the accompanying polyrhythms. The ongoing loop (we can’t quite tell what instrument it is exactly) seems like it’ll never stop, but somewhere around the 4:20 mark (go figure!), it takes a reprieve and wafts about in a brief limbo while the beat and bass continue to groove like nothing’s changed. Roche’s mesmerizing proto-house cut is the lead song on his recently released four-track Degage EP, which you can nab for a decent price here.

Ice Job